THE GREAT ESCAPE: 5 ACTS WE LOVED

Us Topshop girls are in our element during festival season. Whether it’s the Coachella desert, the muddy fields of Glastonbury or the beach at Benicassim, we love nothing more than donning our best festival attire and soaking up the music. Last weekend took us down to the seaside town of Brighton for The Great Escape, the UK’s answer to SXSW in Texas – championing hot new music from around the world. After fuelling up on fish ‘n’ chips on Brighton pier, we made our way around the string of trendy bars and seafront venues hosting the music. Read on for the acts we loved the most.

1. KELIS

Who? Kelis needs no introduction! It may be over a decade since ‘Milkshake’ hit our airwaves, but now the RnB diva is back and sounding better than ever.

The sound? The set was an eclectic mix of material from her new album ‘Food’, a Nina Simone cover and a few old faves to please the crowd.

The look? Kelis rocked a glitzy blue dress (complete with tiara) – an outfit that looked straight off the set of Dream Girls.

Best Live Track: ‘Trick Me’

2. FUTURE ISLANDS

Who? Future Islands, the Baltimore band whose got every music blog buzzing – as much for their hit-packed fourth album ‘Singles,’ as frontman Samuel’s brilliantly bizarre dancing on Letterman.

The sound? Catchy ’80s-inspired synth anthems, complete with heartfelt lyrics and death-metal growls from Samuel. Shouldn’t work – but totally does.

The look? Sam was decked out in top-to-toe black and throwing those signature crazy shapes.

Best live track? ‘Seasons (Waiting On You)’

3. ELLA EYRE

Who? You’ll recognise Ella Eyre as the husky voice on Rudimental’s 2013 club hit ‘Waiting All Night’, a track that earned her a Number 1 at just 19.

The sound? Soulful, heartfelt and packed with energy!

The look? Disco pants and THE most incredible hair we’ve seen on stage.

Best live track? ‘If I Go’

5. CHARLI XCX

Who? Charli XCX has gone from singing at underground raves to living a fully fledged pop career and penning a Number 1 with fellow party-girls Icona Pop.

The sound? Charli delivered her electro pop hits with Riot Grrrl edge, helped along with buckets of attitude from an all-female band. Serious. Girl. Power.

The look? A barely-there slip dress, battered leather jacket and cat-eye sunnies – ’90s throwback perfection!

Best live track? Her cover of ‘I Want Candy’

5. SAY LOU LOU

The act? Say Lou Lou, the Swedish/Australian twin sister act that have toured with the likes of Foals.

The sound? The girls filled Brighton Dome with dreamy electro pop, in a set that was both haunting and euphoric.

The look? A double dose of killer cheek bones, tousled hair and ’70s-inspired fringing.

Best live track? ‘Better In The Dark’

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